OUR THOUGHTS BEHIND THE GARDEN...
The Herb House roof or ‘Herbery’ has been designed to reflect the theme of the Spa and its location. We wanted the roof to have an uncomplicated and simple feel so as not to detract from the amazing views and feeling of being submerged in the forest – we wanted to compliment this with the planting and use the experience of touch and smell – the planting is not intricate but it is done to emphasise the infusing nature of the herbs which are all small to contrast with the size and scope of the surrounding trees.
With fragrance being of paramount importance a central Bay tree lined walkway is underplanted with classic English lavender and leads to a ‘Mintarium’ - which is a wonderful sun deck/meditation area anchored with 4 ancient gnarled old Olive trees and entirely surrounded by 15 different varieties of mint – ranging from chocolate, banana, pineapple, apple and coconut to spearmint, peppermint, and many more including basil and lemon! Additional varieties of mint have been planted into old iron dolly tubs which are scattered around the deck.
HERBS & FUSIONS
The roof is divided into areas for reflection and the majority of the space is planted with 15 varieties of Thyme into which have been carved some seating spaces –Each seating area is themed with different herb combinations to ensure a different fragrance experience – from bergamot and cotton lavender, to lemon verbena and catmint, purple sage and rosemary, white lavender and variegated sage and so on. Additionally there is a camomile lawn to tread on and an oregano and verbena bed to squeeze on your way back into the gym! The roof is completed with some old marble and stone mortars and pestles being placed around.
At ground floor level the walled gardens continue the theme with the gnarled olives and varieties of thyme being the core theme however additionally the walls have been planted with a range of cordon trees – again to be used in the infusions or food offered in the Herb House - cherries, apricots, peaches, apples, pears, vines, figs,mulberries and different varieties of fragrant honeysuckles, jasmines, roses, and wisterias.
All of the herbs and plants were sourced and provided locally and guests can even buy small pots of these in the Herb House!